I have 2 hamsters 1 cat and lots of fish. Please don’t tell me I have too many pets. I thought possibly writing a essay would help convince them to let me get a parakeet. I’ve tryed writing one but it ended up stupid. So I though you all could help me. So what could the essay I’m going to write say? Thanks so much for your help!
Answer by Julissa – Being Stalked
The Budgerigar, Common Pet Parakeet, or Shell Parakeet, informally nicknamed the budgie, is a small, long-tailed, seed-eating parrot, and the only species in the Australian genus Melopsittacus. Alternative common names include Shell Parrot, Warbling Grass parakeet, Canary Parrot, Zebra parrot, Flight Bird, Scallop Parrot and the alternate spellings Budgerygah and Betcherrygah. Traditionally, the budgerigar was thought to be the link between the genera Neophema and Pezoporus based on the barred plumage. Budgerigars in their natural-habitats of Australia average 18 cm long, weigh 30-40 grams, and display a light green body colour (abdomen and rumps), while their mantle (back and wing coverts) display pitch-black mantle markings (blackish in fledgelings and immatures) edged in clear yellow undulations. Like many birds, budgerigars have tetrachromatic colour vision, but all four classes of cone cells operating simultaneously requires the full spectrum provided by sunlight.
Budgerigars are nomadic birds found in open habitats, primarily in scrubland, open woodland, and grassland of Australia. The budgerigar is widely acknowledged as the most popular pet parrot in the world and possibly the most popular cage bird. Budgerigars are small but energetic. Although budgerigars in their natural habitat eat mainly grass seeds, captive budgerigars feed on dry, sprouted, or soaked seeds. Breeding in the wild generally takes place between June and September in northern Australia and between August and January in the south, although budgerigars are opportunistic breeders and respond to rains when grass seeds become most abundant. Breeding difficulties arise for various reasons. The eggs will take about 18–20 days before they start hatching. All captive budgerigars are divided into two basic series of colours; namely, white-based and/or yellow-based.
Male specimens of budgerigars are considered one of the top five talking champions amongst parrot species, alongside the African Grey Parrot, the Amazon parrot species, the Eclectus Parrot and the Ring-necked Parakeet.